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Standing with law enforcement on National Police Week

May 11, 2018

National Police Week takes place this year Sunday, May 13 until Saturday May 19. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world will converge on Washington. D.C., to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

Rural Wisconsin has lots of successes

February 16, 2018

Last week, I had the distinct honor to participate in a Rural Prosperity Roundtable discussion, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

I was invited to participate by Frank Frassetto, director for USDA Rural Development in Wisconsin. The event was coined as the first roundtable discussion of its kind in the United States and took place at Ripon College.

Bringing technology home to rural Wisconsin

March 9. 2018

I had the chance to address the Wisconsin Telecommunications Association this week at its annual legislative day, and I thought it might be a good opportunity to share with you some of the good things that have happened and that I’ve supported this legislative session down in Madison related to advancing technological efforts back here at home.

VanderMeer wins award for women lawmakers

November 17, 2017

State Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, has received a 2017 Women of Excellence Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislators at the organization’s annual conference in Minneapolis earlier this month.

The Elected Women of Excellence Award was created to identify women who have worked to break down barriers and overcome long-standing obstacles to serve their communities. The award was established in 2013 as part of the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country.

One Republican and one Democrat from each state can be selected for the honor.

Nurses hail new interstate licensing law

December 12, 2017

A new Wisconsin law is a major expansion from a pact enacted in 2000 that allowed nurses licensed in one state to care for patients in another, according to a La Crosse nurse who submitted testimony supporting the legislation.  “It is a significant advance to have as many nurses as possible” available, especially in emergencies, said Beth Smith-Houskamp, administrative chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at La Crosse-based Gundersen Health System.

VanderMeer awarded fellowship for Midwestern Leadership Institute

August 11, 2017

State Representative Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, was among 37 lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program for state leaders in the Midwest.  VanderMeer met with fellow lawmakers from Wisconsin, 10 other Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces Aug. 11-15 in Minneapolis for The Council of State Governments’ 23rd annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.

VanderMeer sworn in for second term

January 11, 2017

State Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, was sworn in last week for her second term to represent the 70th Assembly District.  In the 2017-18 Legislative Session, VanderMeer, who represents parts of Monroe, Jackson, Wood and Portage counties, will take on a new role as chair of the Committee on Rural Development and Mining and continue to serve as vice chair of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. In addition, VanderMeer will serve on the Agriculture Committee, the Consumer Protection Committee, the Mental Health Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Small Business Development Committee.